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requirements for philosophy majors

A major in philosophy for a Bachelor of Arts degree consists of 33 credits.


  • a 12-credit sequence of four courses in the History of Philosophy (PHI 296, 297, 306, and 307)
  • a 3-credit course in recent or contemporary philosophy (PHI 408, 420, or 480)
  • a 3-credit course in Logic (PHI 215)
  • and the 3-credit senior seminar (PHI 490)

Students choose the remaining 12 credits in consultation with their advisers, on the condition that these 12 credits may not include PHI 100 and may not include more than 6 credits at the 100 or 200 level.

The student's major may embody one of several possibilities; for example, a historical emphasis, an applied philosophy focus, or a problems approach. The fulfillment of whatever pattern a student selects will be under the guidance of a departmental adviser.

If prerequisites are lacking, permission to take a course may be requested of the department. Study of special topics related to the chosen pattern of courses or topics of interest not covered by course offerings may be accomplished by means of independent study (PHI 499).

Students may not count more than 6 credits toward the philosophy major from among the following courses: PHI 207, 208, 301, 302, 303, and 403. Additionally, students are strongly advised to complete a year of European history early in their program. For those contemplating graduate study in philosophy, a second foreign language is recommended. 

The Philosophy Department at Southern Connecticut State University

501 Crescent Street • Engleman Hall D215A • New Haven, CT • 06515

Phone: (203) 392-6775 • Fax: (203) 392-6779